PA scolds Iran for interfering in Palestinian issues (JERUSALEM POST) By JPOST COM STAFF 04/17/12)
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Palestinian Authority Secretary-General Tayyeb Abdul-Rahim scolded
Iran for intervening in Palestinian issues, the Palestinian Ma´an
news agency reported Monday.
According to the report, Abdul-Rahim released a statement rejecting
Iran´s role in Palestinian affairs, saying it serves Israel´s goals
by exacerbating the split between rival Palestinian factions Fatah
Iranian interference destroyed reconciliation efforts between the two
groups, Abdul-Rahim said.
In March, a Fatah spokesman said that Iran paid the Hamas to block a
deal with the rival Fatah movement that would have ended a five-year
rift between the two main Palestinian factions.
He said Tehran had recently resumed financial aid to Hamas which it
had suspended six months earlier over the Palestinian movement´s
failure to back Syrian President Bashar Assad in his military
campaign to crush dissent.
Hamas has since turned overtly against Assad. But, according to
Fatah, Iran is more concerned with supporting the armed Palestinian
movement that is ready to challenge Israel from its Gaza Strip
"We have information that Iran paid tens of millions of dollars to
Zahar and Haniyeh in their visits to Iran," said Ahmed Assaf,
referring to Hamas leaders Mahmoud al-Zahar who visited Tehran in
March and Ismail Haniyeh who was there in February.
Assaf was responding to a comment by Zahar that Palestinian political
reconciliation "is in the freezer now", despite a unity deal signed
"Reconciliation is in the freezer because Zahar was the one who put
it there and he got the price from Iran," Assaf told Reuters. "Zahar,
Haniyeh and Hamas´s Gaza leadership were paid by Iran to freeze
Hamas rejected the charges.
"The Fatah government did not implement any of their obligations
(under the unity deal) and they prefer American money to nationalist
agreements," spokesman Taher al-Nono said. Reuters contributed to
this report. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 04/17/12)
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